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I have an external 1 TB hard drive with lots of media files (contained singly or in different folders), books, software etc. I would like to create a database file, maybe a spreadsheet file, which can show me a list of the files existing in the external drive. I would like to search through that file and find the media I was looking for even when the hard drive was not connected to the system.


In Windows 10 I use Easy Disk Catalog Maker for the job but I cannot find a similar software for Linux. So how do I go about it?


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If you just want a list of files, you can use a simple find, like @Raffa commented.


find /PATH/TO/EXTERNAL/HDD/ -type f -follow > "/PATH/TO/SAVE/file_list.txt"



If you want to save metadata information of your multimedia files, you can use mediainfo, that reads information for audio, video and picture files:


find /PATH/TO/EXTERNAL/HDD/ -type f -follow 
-exec mediainfo -f --Output=XML + > "/PATH/TO/SAVE/file_list.xml"

You can then read the output with any regular xml parser, e.g. xmlstarlet:


xmlstarlet sel -t -v '/Mediainfo/File/track/Complete_name' -n "/PATH/TO/SAVE/file_list.xml"

or e.g. search only images:


xmlstarlet sel -t 
-v '/Mediainfo/File/track[@type="Image"]/../track/Complete_name'
-n
"/PATH/TO/SAVE/file_list.xml"

or find all images with file size > 1MB:


xmlstarlet sel -t 
-v '/Mediainfo/File/track[@type="Image"]/../track[@type="General"][File_size[1] > 1048576]/Complete_name'
-n
"/PATH/TO/SAVE/file_list.xml"



Installation:


sudo apt install mediainfo
sudo apt install xmlstarlet

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